Sunday, April 30, 2006

Illustration Friday - Under the Sea



What the heck is that thing the octopus is waving at? And more importantly why are its tentacles all wonky? Who knows. I was just playing around with brushes in photoshop.

Wednesday, April 26, 2006

Illustration For Kids

I'm lucky to recently become a part of a great group of children's illustrators. We have our own website now called www.illustrationforkids.com. Check it out.

Illustration Friday - Robot


I had a couple of minutes while I was waiting on my printer. So here's my robot. This is Jacques he's an "S-KAR-GO 5000" - a French waiter robot.

Tuesday, April 25, 2006

Iceland - Things to Take

Just one more Iceland post. In case anyone is planning on going I thought I'd supply some packing pointers.

Things I'm glad I took...

  • A Rain Coat - it rained on and off the whole time we were there. The wind was so strong an umbrella wouldn't have done a bit of good.
  • Dollars to Kronar conversion table - I printed it from Excel, laminated it with packing tape, very handy
  • Gloves - It was cold.

    Things I wish I had brought...

  • Warmer gloves - It was really cold.
  • Gortex pants - We took a tour of the sights and between the wind, sleet and rain our clothes were soaked.
  • Gortex parka - See above.
  • Ski hat - Again see above. I had a hood but the wind was so strong it wouldn't stay on - ended up buying a hat.
  • An English to Icelandic Dictionary

    Everyone we met in Iceland spoke English but Icelandic is definely the language of choice and it would have been nice to understand a few words. We picked up a visitor's guide book in the hotel lobby and it did have a few "indespensible" words and phrases. I would have considered "Where is the bathroom" and indespensible phrase. The writers of this book had other ideas. Here are a few of their "indespensible" phrases...

    I am a Viking.
    I'm on vacation.
    You are cute!
    What is your name?
    Where do you live?
    What's you number?

    I'm not sure for whom this list is indended - Viking swingers? Hmmm, I burly, bearded men in white leisure suits and horned helments - it could be a Monty Python skit.
  • Iceland - The Food

    No illustration Friday this week. We just got back from vacation. We spent the last 4 days in Iceland. The first thing everyone says is "Why Iceland?" to which I reply, "Why not?"

    The food we had was all very good and most of it pretty tame. Although some of the traditional dishes of Iceland aren't exactly going to give McDonald's a run for their money. Here's a sketch I did of the restaurant sign at the Reykjavik bus terminal.



    I believe that's a boiled sheep's head that's creepily smiling at the Chef Boyardee man. I don't know if they are traditionally served wearing a baseball hat or not. Unfortunately, we were not at the bus terminal long enough to stop in for a bite.

    But we did try another Icelandic delicacy. Here it is on the menu outside the restaurant...



    I believe it's called hakard, which is the Icelandic word for rotten shark meat. They leave it to rot for 6 months, one account I read said the process removed neurotoxins from the meat. With all the fresh fish and bird meat available in Iceland, why the settlers felt they had to eat rotted shark is beyond me. It smelled like turpentine or ammonia (or both). I had 2 small bites of the stuff. They must have pick out a nice piece for us because it really didn't taste that bad (note, I had two bites). Not that I'm going to order it again, mind you. I didn't meet anyone that said they actually liked the stuff. It's traditionally washed down with Icelandic Schnapps, affectionately called "Black Death."

    The shark was served as a appetizer. I had an entree of cod chins. Yes, it's just what it sounds like - the chins of cod fish. Cod fish don't have chins, you say? From what I understood this is the muscle under the lower jaw of the fish. The meat was chewy but it was really quite good. I can honestly say, they were the best cod chins I've ever had.

    Friday, April 14, 2006

    Friday, April 07, 2006

    Illustration Friday - Speed



    I'm not sure if a hippo on roller skates is a good representation of "speed" but who knows with all that weight, she might be able to get some pretty good momentum -especially on the downhill runs. (Click on image for a larger view.)

    Wednesday, April 05, 2006

    Peep Research

    This is a very funny website for people who love to experiment on marshmallow peeps and let's face it, who doesn't? --- www.peepresearch.org